In fact, according to Nour, sex evolved 350 million years before the evolution of love. (And another thing: love is produced by the brain, not the heart.) As we say in the Grown Zone, sex can spark the fire of desire, but cannot sustain the flame of devotion.
Hot new romance? Only fools rush in. That’s why we so strongly advise against making major, life-altering decisions and commitments early in a new relationship.
According to True Love, the brain’s excess production of monoamines during the early, “falling in love” phase affects your judgement, thinking and behavior for up to two years, causing you to, among other things, idealize the object of your desire and become blind to their flaws and shortcomings, even those that could prove harmful to you. It is not until the subsequent, “falling out of love” phase that monoamines levels drop, allowing you to see people as they are, not as you dreamed them to be.
The best thing about True Love is that while it covers the science of love with authority, it is the furthest thing from a boring clinical tome. Nour approaches the subject matter with humor, poetry (literally), a nod to popular culture and music, and plenty of insightful anecdotes about his own romantic experiences and those of patients, friends and colleagues. As a result, it is a consistently rewarding and often quite entertaining read.
True Love is an excellent addition to the Grown Zone Book Shelf, and required reading for anyone who wants to gain appreciation for how our brain functions when we are in love, so that we can make healthier decisions and find Good, True Love as a result.
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